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Nov 11, 2012 1:00pm PST
momentum. >> belarus is in desperate need of reforms. the country's economy largely depends on aid from russia, but criticism can be dangerous. president alexander lukashenko simply does not tolerate dissent, so many of his opponent's field force to escape abroad. great britain granted political asylum to a former deputy foreign minister of belarus this summer. the man was sentenced to prison in belarus and had to flee because he had taken part in protests against lukashenko, but some eu countries are no longer keen to take on the belarussian regime. >> the worst thing is the boredom and the uncertainty. the asylum seekers center where he has been living the past year is 7 kilometers away from the border. the town's solitary cafe provides some welcome relief. he is here because he deserted from the belarussian army when he could no longer face the beatings from his superiors. >>ehould say we are prepared to take up arms if there is no other way to contain the mass protests. in the name of the republic of belarus. >> he has gotten help from opposition activists, help that is desperately
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